On June 7, 2014, Mayor Rahm Emanuel extended his congratulations on behalf of the City of Chicago to newly elected President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and newly elected Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.
Mayor Emanuel has been steadfast in his support of Ukraine and Chicago’s Ukrainian community, particularly during the challenges the country has faced since November 2013. In his letter to President Poroshenko, Mayor Emanuel emphasized the great importance of Chicago’s Ukrainian community, stating, “Chicago is a proud home to a large Ukrainian population. This vibrant community has contributed to our civic, business and cultural vitality, and we value the strong links between us.”
In his letter to Mayor Klitschko, Mayor Emanuel further stated the importance of the bonds between Chicago and Ukraine, saying, “Chicago and Kyiv share a strong history of cooperation and friendship as evidenced by our Sister City relationship since 1991.”
With the support of Mayor Emanuel, the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International has been active in their programming to support Kyiv and all of Ukraine. They have held a number of programs about the Maidan Revolution and have been busy laying the groundwork for future exchanges and programs between Chicago and Kyiv. Vera Eliashevsky, Chair of the Kyiv Committee, also sent a letter of congratulations to Mayor Klitschko on behalf of the full committee outlining their future plans of cooperation.
Formed in 1991 upon the signing of the sister city agreement between Chicago and Kyiv, the Kyiv Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International has presented numerous programs, initiatives and exchanges to continue to build the strong connection between Chicago and Kyiv. With one of the largest Ukrainian populations in the United States, Chicago has long been committed to Ukraine and supportive of the many contributions of Chicago’s vibrant Ukrainian community. The Kyiv Committee has been very active in their support of Ukrainians since the beginning of recent tensions in Ukraine.